Zuma@MKStaff Reporter

President Jacob Zuma says the challenges facing the African National Congress (ANC) threaten to erode it’s standing as the leader of South African society.

He was giving the keynote address to the 5th Conference of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) in Boksburg Johanesburg last week.

President Zuma said the conference was yet another opportunity at rebirth and renewal of Umkhonto Wesizwe Military Veteran’s Association as an organisation. He lauded delegates, saying: “…you, comrades of Umkhonto Wesizwe, who were prepared to lay down your lives for our freedom, represent the legitimate voices of those who are truly concerned about the state of our beloved movement.”

The head of the governing party said that unity was the ‘rock’ upon which the ANC was founded, and that a series of recent high-profile public spats threatened the cohesion and unity of the organisation.

He encouraged the delegates at the conference to rise, speak and fight in defence of the movement and the National Democratic Revolution, as MKMVA was best placed to launch such a defence.

“MK comrades are the best politically and Ideologically trained comrades our movement has ever produced, the President said.

The President also took an opportunity to explain the complexity of the problems the organisation was facing, noting that the kinds of problems the ANC is facing today are not cut and dried but are complex and require sober minds.

In our efforts to resolve the movement’s challenges, we must always make a thorough assessment of the state of our revolution and answer important questions, the President said.

One of these important questions was, ”Is the National Democratic Revolution still on track”, he asked.

After making reference to the 1969 Strategy and Tactics document, the President impressed on the delegates that the revolution sought not only to defeat Apartheid and Colonialism but also to create a totally new society, founded on non-racialism, non-sexism, democracy and prosperity.

“We have not yet created this society hence a case exists for us to continue our revolutionary struggle.”

President Zuma put more emphasis on who the enemy of the motive forces of the democratic revolution was. He also expressed hope that the issue of abuse of our open democracy, which has resulted in the exponential rise of foreign-owned security companies posed a real and measurable threat to our own security. He said he hoped that MKMVA would take some resolutions on this issue.

“We are in a fight and our strategic enemy remains white monopoly capital,” he said, and called for an end to complacency. He cautioned that some societal groupings have mobilized against the ANC and some within our ranks have fallen prey to these groupings in order to appear intellectually and morally sound.

The President then gave his clear directive. “

Let us unite, let us close ranks, and refuse to join sporadic movements whose origins and ultimate objectives we do not know. We must close ranks and find solutions to the challenges we are facing today.”


mantashe-gwedeSTAFF WRITER

The African National Congress (ANC) is going through ‘the most difficult period in a longtime, akin to a time in the 30’s when Pixley ka Seme was President and ANC almost collapsed.”

This was the sentiment expressed by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe in his keynote address to the Central Committee of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM)

The meeting, held on 8 June 2017 at the St Georges Hotel in Irene Tshwane, was to be addressed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who could not attend owing to the three-line whip in Parliament.

Mantashe, the former General-Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers indicated that his input was intended to enrich the debates at the Central Committee gathering- and were not to be taken as an instruction or a party line that all must follow.

He likened the current turbulence in the ANC to a similar turbulence in the 60’s which culminated into the Morogoro Conference.

With regards to the controversies and contestations around the position of the party presidency – Mantashe likened current events to the when ANC President Dr. James Moroka left foot soldiers in court and organized his own lawyers during the Defiance Campaign and once again the movement almost collapsed.

The ANC Secretary-General had similarly cautionary words for the health of the tripartite alliance, warning: “the Alliance is also in disarray by design”.

“But Instead of accepting our responsibilities, we are entering a beauty contest in the public domain”, Mantashe told delegates; adding that “all our allies think the only solution to our problems is removing President Zuma.”

Mantashe explained that the ANC’s National Executive Committee has had long discussions on the matter of removing the President and has resolved that doing so would irreparably fracture the organization.

“We may have the instant gratification now but it will take us much longer to pick up the pieces”, he said.

Mantashe was clear on which ANC regions would be worst affected.

“Kwa-Zulu/Natal will be split into two immediately. The North-West will be split, and the Free State will be a disaster”, Mantashe said.

Mantashe told the NUM Central Committee: “The ANC NEC’s conclusion was that we must not be adventurous in dealing with this issue and (thereby) plunge ourselves into chaos.” He added: “The birth of COPE which we saw during the removal of President Mbeki would be like a Sunday picnic”.

He said the NEC’s ultimate conclusion was to work for unity of the movement and for a successful National Conference in December 2016 that will elect a leadership that will instill confidence in society.

This formula, Mantashe said, will work much better than the allure of short-term solutions. Only a systematic process of electing leaders in December that will stop looting and corruption in the state will work.

Mantashe dismissed speculation that the ANC was ‘avoiding’ making a decision on the recall of President Zuma, emphasizing that the ANC NEC has collectively decided on a course of action.

Once the organization takes a decision, individual members have no views of their own, acknowledged Mantashe.

“It is a painful process but the organisation is bigger than all of us. That is what is called organisational discipline.” He added: “History is going to prove us correct in our approach.”

Mantashe at that point called out the ANC Youth League for lack of organizational discipline, calling the League ‘henchmen’ who get ‘unleashed on individual Comrades… creating enemies that do not exist.’

He indicated that the ANC would deal with this issue internally.

The controversial issues of state capture and the so-called ‘leaked emails’ were not left off the agenda either, with Mantashe. With regards to the latter Mantashe expressed concern at what he termed the ‘securocracy’ who were unearthing ‘dirt’ and spreading misinformation on those perceived as stumbling blocks to their agendas.

Mantashe ended by pinning hope on the upcoming Policy conference as an opportunity for all of us to retrace what brings us together.

Despite all the challenges the movement and the alliance are facing, Mantashe insisted that a divorce between the ANC and SACP would accelerate both ANC and SACP losing power.

He expressed optimism that the upcoming national policy conference would be an opportunity to forge unity within party ranks. “It is not scandals or state capture that brings us together… the National Democratic Revolution brings us together,” said Mantashe.


Staff Reporter

The African National Congress (ANC) led by the Secretary-General Cde. Gwede Mantashe and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Río de Oro (POLISARIO), led by President Brahim Ghali of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) have met at the ANC headquarters, Chief Albert Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

The ANC and the POLISARIO Front enjoy longstanding fraternal ties, and the ANC once again affirmed its support the Sahrawi people’s right to independence and self-determination.

President Ghali and his delegation welcomed the opportunity to interact with the ANC and reflect that his organization and the people of Western Sahara continue to draw strength and lessons from our struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

President Ghali paid tribute to the legacies of successive collective ANC leaders as led by Cde. Nelson Mandela and Cde. OR Tambo, who were unwavering in their support for the Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination.

The then nascent relations between POLISARIO and the ANC were cemented by Cde. Tambo’s visit to the SADR in 1988. During this visit, POLISARIO donated arms and ammunition confiscated from Moroccan troops to the ANC.

The two organizations concurred that Morocco’s actions in the Western Sahara bear similarities to the apartheid policies of the Nationalist Party government.

Following his visit to the SADR, Cde. Tambo himself noted: “we were also very surprised by the similarity of the nature of the struggle of the Sahrawi people and the people of South Africa.”

The freedom struggle of the Sahrawi and their right to an independent homeland in the Western Sahara is one of the world’s longest and most intractable conflicts.

Over four decades since the annexation of Western Sahara by Morocco and Mauritania the peace process is in tatters, and the Sahrawi people continue to suffer the harsh realities of war and displacement, poverty and inequality.

The ANC’s Secretary-General underscored the urgency of the implementation by Morocco of successive UN resolutions regarding this conflict; most importantly the holding of a referendum on self-determination.

The United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) was established in 1991 to oversee a referendum in which the people of the Western Sahara would choose between independence and integration with Morocco. Successive delays and postponements by Morocco, aided by France, have meant the referendum has still not taken place.

Within the context of the delayed referendum, the SADR delegation expressed concern regarding Morocco’s application for re-admission to the African Union (AU), a matter likely to be on the agenda at the upcoming 28th AU Summit to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 22 – 31 January 2017.

The SADR and ANC representatives noted that the Western Sahara remained occupied by Morocco, making the Western Sahara the last bastion of colonialism in Africa. This should not be forgotten when the AU considers Morocco’s application for readmission.

That a number of South African companies are doing business with Morocco, and even have operations in the Western Sahara, was raised as a point of concern.

President Ghali’s delegation informed the ANC that attempts were underway to undermine the process of a prospective referendum such as the influx of people from Morocco into the Western Sahara, with the aim of being registered as voters.

This has the potential to seriously destabilize the referendum process when it takes place, and could possibly result in a return to armed conflict. It was further noted that Morocco has been pressuring a number of countries to stop providing humanitarian aid to the SADR, which was also questionable.

In the light of Morocco’s recalcitrance with regards to the Western Sahara issue, both organizations concurred that South Africa could play a leading role in advancing the interests of the Sahrawi people at the AU by lobbying other African countries to ensure that Morocco’s readmission to the body is subject to strict conditions, and that Morocco respect all AU resolutions regarding the Western Sahara.

The ANC affirmed its support for the Sahrawi people’s right to pursue all paths of resistance in their quest for liberation, led by POLISARIO.

Both parties concurred on the need to host a conference on solidarity with the people of the Western Sahara.










The African National Congress (ANC) welcomed and noted the Nedlac Advisory Panel’s report on the National Minimum Wage, which was released by the Deputy President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa early this week.

the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) is the vehicle by which government, labour, business and community organisations will seek to cooperate on economic, labour and development issues, and related challenges facing the country.

The National Minimum Wage aimed at reducing inequality and poverty among the working poor was proposed to be R3 500, which translates to R20 per hour.

“The release of the proposed National Minimum Wage of R 3 500 marks a milestone in transforming the apartheid poverty wage. Now the process will begin whereby all our people will have an opportunity to engage the proposals to arrive at the agreed amount deemed as contributing to cover basic needs of those who are at the bottom of the wage ladder,” said Cde Zizi Kodwa, ANC National spokesperson.

Cde Kodwa urged the social partners to proceed with urgency in finalizing the National Minimum Wage to ensure finality and certainty on the matter.

In welcoming the report on the proposed National Minimum Wage, Cde Ramaphosa recalled that the imperative of a minimum living wage was not a new phenomenon to the ANC.

“In advancing the towards crafting the minimum wage for our country, our starting point was that this concept of a national minimum wage was first conceptualized by the Congress of the People in Kliptown when the Freedom Charter was adopted.  The call for a national minimum wage was unambiguous when it declared – there shall be a 40-hour working week, a national minimum wage, paid annual leave and sick leave for all workers and maternity leave on full pay for all mothers,” said the Deputy President.

He said 60 years later the concept that started as a dream by the people was now being realized in the form of the ANC led government putting the matter fully and firmly on the national agenda.

After the adoption of the concept of a national minimum wage by the people, a vast amount of work has gone into ensuring the matter was developed and implemented.

Cosatu led from the front to have a national minimum wage adopted. The ANC passed a resolution to this effect and included it as part of the commitments to the people in the 2014 General Elections Manifesto. In June 2014, President Jacob Zuma, during first State of the Nation address of the fifth democratic administration, announced the commencement of the process to investigate the national minimum wage as one of the key mechanisms to reduce income inequality.

Cde Ramaphosa also emphasized the amount of international research by expertise employed in the Nedlac Advisory Panel that assisted the team to arrive at the proposed National Minimum Wage.

While the Deputy President hailed the R3 500, which means R20 an hour for low earning workers proposal, he noted that it was by far not a living wage.

Even though R3 500 or R20 per hour will not give our people a decent life, the proposed National Minimum Wage, he said, will be used as an instrument and one of the interventions to address inequality to about 6 to 7 million of our people who are trapped in poverty while they are employed.

“We found that up to 47% of the people in South Africa suffer from income poverty.  Even though they are working, their level of income is so low that they remain trapped in the cycle of poverty.”

Cde Ramaphosa said as the Committee of Principals, they have agreed that there’s a need to give an opportunity to all social partners in Nedlac to go and engage with the report, discuss with their constituent members and having discussed it, take a decision whether the recommendations are accepted, rejected or whether a portion of these are accepted and a portion rejected.

“This is still an open process but the good thing is that recommendations have been put on the table by a panel of advisors which we have appointed.”


This week the African National Congress (ANC), which is the oldest liberation movement in Africa and has been South Africa’s majority governing political party for the past twenty-two years, strengthened its ties with the Communist Party of China.

This follows a visit by Comrade Li Yuanchao, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Politburo the CPC who met with the Secretary General of the ANC, Comrade Gwede Mantashe in Cape Town.

In welcoming Comrade Yanchao, the ANC’s Secretary General stated that the event was on a party-to-party basis.

“This meeting is between the ANC and CPC, the purpose of which is to strengthen our relationship that already exists and extend our bilateral relations,” he said.

Cde Mantashe further said the two parties’ relationship that is mutually beneficial and is based on mutual respect, should last for many years to come.

“As equal partners in this relationship, we are going to renew our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for another five years and continue to learn from one another,” the ANC’s secretary general added.

Since the China is an economic giant, through CPC’s policies and its governance system, Cde Mantashe said the ANC, which still governs a young democracy had a lot to learn from its Chinese partners.

“We are learning a lot from the CPC but it is not happening fast enough for us in the ANC because our main aim is to reduce the inequality and tackle poverty in South Africa, that task requires sound political discipline together with proper governance structures.”

Addressing the media briefly before the meeting of the two parties, Cde Li Yuanchao concurred with Cde Mantashe that the CPC was looking forward to renewing its MOU with the ANC for the next five years.

He also added that the two countries, China and South Africa and the CPC and the ANC enjoyed a very good cooperation.

The MOU on Exchange and Cooperation between the ANC and the Communist Party of China was signed in 2008.  Early last year, Cde Mantashe led a delegation to China to develop a programme of exchanges between the two parties for the year.  Following the first signing of the MOU, the ANC has sent its leaders on Study Tours to China.  The ANC delegation sent to China to learn about their governance system has included ANC leaders both at NEC and at Provincial levels; a significant number of whom are ANC deployees at Ministerial and MEC levels.

The CPC has remained welcoming to receive such a high-level ANC delegation and sees it as a sign of how greatly the ANC values the relationship between the two parties.

With the MOU being extended for the next five years, Cde Mantashe believed that the ANC will continue to derive a lot of value from the interactions.

“Learning is not about quoting a number of paragraphs from what you’ve learned it is about structured thinking and application of the skills you have gained. The ANC intends to use the experiences of the early stages of the CPC in government in order to confront key challenges facing the movement being corruption, factionalism and accidental succession,” concluded Cde Mantashe.


For the second time in consecutive years, the Department of Home Affairs has won the prestigious ICT Service Delivery Transformation Award in the National Government category at the ICT Public Service Awards at GovTech 2016, which was held in Midrand recently.

This year, Home Affairs was nominated for the new automated booking system for Refugee Reception Offices, which is a project of the department’s Modernisation Programme.

In October last year, the department received this award for the Smart ID Card project, another component of the Modernisation Programme which began in the 2012/13 financial year.

The main aim of the department’s Modernisation Programme is to overhaul the department’s core business applications, technology infrastructure and overall operations for improved service delivery.

Home Affairs Minister Comrade Malusi Gigaba welcomed the acknowledgement of progressive work in the department, which has been recognized through the two awards and by the public that are recipients of improved service delivery.

The Minister also explained what the awards mean for the department and the nation.

“Receiving these special awards two years in a row bears testimony to the success and progress of modernization. It goes precisely to show determination on our part to develop new technologies that are intended greatly to improve the way we deliver services to the people, said Cde Gigaba.

In a nutshell, the ICT Service Delivery and Transformation Awards recognise the most outstanding service delivery initiative, product or service, and/or transformation in government.

Entry requirements include a clear demonstration of benefit to citizens, demonstration of improvement to government processes or business, sustainability of the service delivery solution, impact of the transformation on the lives of citizens and description detailing how the solution has proved to be accessible, usable and successfully been deployed for use by citizens.

The launch of the Smart ID Card, in 2013, had posed a huge challenge for the department, which meant rolling out the new high-tech Smart ID Cards to about 35 million citizens, in five years. However, great strides in that respect have been made.

“We can boldly say that the number of Smart ID Cards issued to citizens has increased from 1 638 387 in the 2014/15 financial year to 2 320 973 in 2015/16, he said.

Minister Gigaba also said the percentage of improved passports that have been issued within 13 working days has increased, from 86.7% in 2014/15 to 92.4% in 2015/16.

He continued to say that innovative partnerships to fast-track applications and issuing of Smart ID Cards, as well as passports have been explored.

“A total of 178 offices have been automated for Smart ID Cards and passports, while 140 offices now have point-of-sale devices for card payments.”

The Home Affairs Service points, according to Cde Gigaba, have also been established to facilitate online applications at 10 branches of the four largest banks in South Africa; Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank.

Related to these service improvement initiatives has also been the implementation of the biometric capturing system at four international airports, namely; OR Tambo, Cape Town, Lanseria and King Shaka.

“With the Modernisation Programme, it means, from April this year, the department is now running a multi-channel Home Affairs Contact Centre, based at Head-Office, in Pretoria, to improve communication and service delivery,” Cde Gigaba added.

He said innovations such as the award-winning Smart ID Card and the automated booking system for refugee reception centres is yet another demonstration of the resolve to provide a service for the future, best to meet aspirations of citizens and clients.

The vehicle in this regard is the Home Affairs Modernisation Programme that should advance the building of a modern, digital, professional and patriotic department.

“A modernized department of this form, in nature paperless and digitized, will indeed serve as an enabler for e-government in the Republic of South Africa. It is in line with the national priority to give our people a capable state they deserve to bury the legacy of apartheid-colonialism and its discourses of race and unequal distribution of the wealth of the country.”

The absence of restless clients, standing in long lines at the department’s offices serves as proof that eHome Affairs has indeed improved service delivery to the public while winning two awards in consecutive years is a cherry on top.


Currently, the immediate priority for all students in all institutions of higher learning across the country is to continue to write their final year exams in order to save the 2016 academic year.

“Now is the time to end all protests, return to class and complete the academic year without further delays. We urge South Africans to support all efforts to assist in ensuring that all students return to class,” said Minister in the Presidency, Comrade Jeff Radebe at a cabinet media briefing recently.

Minister Radebe further stated that government believed that dialogue to address the demands of students could take place while the academic programme was underway.

“We reaffirm the right to protest but this must be done within the confines of the law and in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others,” he added.

Cabinet stressed that funding higher education remains an apex priority for the ANC-led government.

Also, Cde Radebe said cabinet welcomed the additional R17 billion allocated to universities over the next three years by Finance Minister Cde Pravin Gordan during his Medium Term Budget Speech Statement recently.

“The R17 billion allocated will help to further ease the burden on financially needy and missing middle students. This funding will also ensure that more students are able to access higher education as R9.2 billion of this funding will be allocated to National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS),” said Minister in the Presidency.

Furthermore, he said, government’s advances in making higher education accessible were borne out by the Statistics South Africa Financial Statistics of Higher Education Institutions 2015 report. It shows that student enrolment in Higher Education grew by 32.5 per cent from 2006 to 2015. As a result, grants by national government to Higher Education increased by 144 per cent over a ten year period from 2006 to 2015.

“Government grants and tuition fees account for the bulk of university income, with government spending accounting for 43 per cent on university income and tuition fees accounting for 34 per cent. These findings demonstrate government’s commitment to education and reaffirm our call for those who can afford to pay their fair share, and reveals that tuition fees remain an important part of overall funding.”

Cabinet also noted progress made thus far by the Ministerial Task Team appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Cde Blade Nzimande, to develop a support and funding model for the poor and the working class, including the “Missing Middle” students.

A blueprint entitled the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP), Cde Radebe said underwent an engagement process, which saw various inputs incorporated, and agreement obtained across all key stakeholders for the future governance structure of ISFAP.

The ISF Programme made various recommendations which were currently under consideration for implementation. The proposed model and recommendations contained in the report, cabinet said, would go a long way in not only addressing the funding problems faced by poor and “missing middle” students, but also in addressing amongst other challenges which South Africa faces, including;

  • Reducing the high dropout rates of poor and working class students in the higher education and training sector,
  • Improving the employability of the funded graduates,
  • Improving the skills profile of the country,
  • Improving the partnership between government, the private sector and higher education institutions in supporting poor and “missing middle” students.

Among proposals made by the ISFAP, would be to provide poor and “missing middle” students with financial assistance to cover the full cost of study.

With ongoing engagements between government and relevant stakeholders in higher education, cabinet plead with all students in institutions of higher learning to heed its call; to continue to write their final year exams, thereby ensuring the 2016 academic year does not go to waste.


South Africa is facing the worst ever drought, which was last experienced 114 years ago. With dwindling water levels in the country’s major dams, Water and Sanitation Minister, Comrade Nomvula Mokonyane has invoked the Act on water restrictions in order to preserve lives.

The National Water Act of 1998, Item 6(1) of schedule 3 allows Minister Mokonyane to limit the use of water if she believes that, on reasonable grounds, a water shortage exists within a certain area.

Currently provinces such as Gauteng have imposed water restrictions. This is just a wakeup call to other provinces that are in actual fact witnessing more serious drought.

While engineers and officials in the Water and Sanitation department spend countless hours monitoring decreasing water levels from our dams, it is a sad state of affairs to notice that there’s still too much irresponsible water usage by households.

The constant watering of gardens, car washes and filling up of swimming pools especially during this year’s summer season that is characterized by constant heatwaves, should stop because the higher the consumption the closer we are to water restrictions and a national water crisis.

“We constantly create awareness about saving water; however, irresponsible water use can only be brought to an end by behavioral change.  More than ever, we need a behavioral change to wise water use,” said Cde Mokonyane.

Even though prepaid water meters can limit water consumption, Minister Mokonyane said that won’t be enough to curb irresponsible water usage from households.

“Charity begins at home, which means, water wise awareness should begin among children and those at home. That way, even the recreational water toys that require a constant stream of water will not be preferred by children if they know they have been sensitized on the importance of water and its preservation,” she said.

If households were to begin to monitor their water consumption in the kitchen, toilet, bathroom and garden, that practice won’t just ensure less water bills but it will go a long a long way in ensuring water preservation, especially in this difficult drought currently facing our country.

Also concerning, according to the Department, is the abuse of water in unmetered yard stand pipes by the public.

Water conservation is meant to prevent water wastage and loss.

One of the methods in saving water could be the use of grey water to flush the toilet and water the garden. That will limit the number of times households use essential scarce fresh water.

Households are advised to dispose tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than in the toilet. The Drop-the-Block campaign promotes water use efficiency and entails placing a plastic block into a toilet cistern and saves water by displacing up to 2 litres of water per flush.

One important point sometimes ignored, is that all tenants in the flats and rental cottages should report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, abandoned free – flowing wells, etc.) to the property owner or learn basic plumbing tips.

It is a criminal offence to vandalize water infrastructure

Minister Mokonyane said the criminal element in our society that perpetuates this will destroy us if we don’t act swiftly.

“This ANC-led government is for the people by the people so we should stand up against vandalism and its perpetrators.”

Last year, President Jacob Zuma, in terms of section 84 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, signed into law the Criminal Matters Amendment Act, 2015.

The Act amended the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 and it has introduced harsher sentences for the destruction of essential infrastructure, as well as more stringent bail conditions and applications for perpetrators.

Any person found guilty of any infrastructure related offences can be convicted for a period of imprisonment leading up to 30 years.

This includes any offence involving ferrous or non-ferrous metals which form part of an installation, structure, facility or system, whether publicly or privately owned, which is used to provide or distribute an essential service in relation to water, sewerage, energy or transport for the benefit of the public.

Furthermore, the theft of copper cables, transformers, engines and taps is a crime because the supply system, reticulation and its delivery points are affected and major water leakages are possible or even experienced.

Perpetrators include alleged contractors or individuals who sabotage water infrastructure so as to supply water tankers for their benefit, whilst charging communities for the same free water.

Those throwing foreign objects into sewer systems resulting in sewer blockages and spillages, damage to pump-stations and pipework will be dealt with. The water business is energy intensive and highly dependent on electricity. Cable theft therefore poses a high risk regarding security of water supply.

Elements of criminality are all over the country but stealing copper and cables seem to have become a way of life. It has to stop. This year alone, cases of vandalism have escalated and local municipalities are rapidly increasing their security.

Let us all work together to preserve water because water is life.

All infrastructure related offences should be reported to the police, local municipality or through the department’s toll free number 0800 200 200.


The Gauteng government has hatched a plan aimed at minimizing the risk for corruption within its ranks. Wildly applauded by the governing African National Congress (ANC) and various sectors of society, the bold transparent system is a decisive step forward in fighting corruption in procurement processes.

Speaking at the first ever Gauteng Open Tender Seminar recently in Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng Premier Cde David Makhura said worldwide, tender processes provided an avenue for state corruption to take place.

“It is for this reason that the Gauteng government’s open tender system has been established. We want to stop the rot in procurement processes, thereby restore confidence in public procurement processes,” said Cde Makhura

The Gauteng Premier said by 2018/2019, the Gauteng government hopes to achieve 100% open tender procurement.

“Transparency and accountability are important to save public officials and civil servants from themselves, from capture by private and corporate interests,” he said.

The pilot project included the appointment of the contractor for the Small Enterprise

Development Agency (Seda) road project and the provincial banking tender. In the last financial year, the project was extended to 15 tenders across five provincial government departments.

This year, the project has established 72 tender programmes, amounting to R10.4bn. This is over 50% of the Gauteng government’s budget for goods and services.

Corruption, a menace and cancer that threatens to derail service delivery gains made since the dawn of democracy, Cde Makhura said require deterrence, prevention and education.

“People demand accountability and transparency. People raise concerns about corruption in government procurement processes. This means we need more accountable government processes,” he added.

Cde Makhura said by opening procurement processes, the public can scrutinize and probe processes. He also emphasized that corruption and perception of corruption were the leading motivation in protests by citizens, such as service delivery protests and community protests.

“People believe they have to bribe their way into “corridors of power”, and this situation is unsustainable. We have to stop the rot.”

To fight corruption government must commit to promote integrity, accountability and transparency in government decision making process and restore public confidence in public institutions. He added that words alone were not enough and that they should be matched with actions.

To demonstrate that the Gauteng government walked the talk by accounting for every cent used from public resources, the province showed an improvement in its 2016/2017 audit outcomes for departments and agencies. All departments and agencies received unqualified audits.

“An open government partnership promotes transparency, empowers citizens, and fights corruption. We must open the budget process to public scrutiny.”

With the pilot project that began in the last financial year already showing positive results, the Gauteng government has laid a solid foundation in the fight against corruption.


The people of South Africa expect the ANC to act faster to create jobs, fight crime and deal decisively with corruption.

These greatest concerns facing South African citizens were part of a report from the National Working Committee (NWC) based on the candid feedback received from ANC structures, following various engagements of post elections analysis to ensure that the party listens to and act on the issues raised by the people during the Local Government Elections Campaign.

Consequently, the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC), met in a scheduled meeting on the 30th September to the 2nd October 2016 to discuss, among other matters, the NWC report, where the ANC’s decision highest making body between conferences made proposals for the development of a programme of action towards the 2019 General Elections that will halt the electoral decline, reclaim lost ground, restore the trust and confidence of the people.

“The ANC must be bold in responding to these challenges knowing that any sense of being in denial will delay recovery and will only risk deepening the crisis further,” said Cde Gwede Mantashe, ANC’s secretary general at a post NEC press briefing held at Luthuli House.

Also, the NEC committed to working with ANC structures and communities to address the manipulation of the list process during the elections. That will be done through an extensive process of engagement, including a team established by the NEC to listen to grievances raised by the branch.

“The NEC was of the view that it is necessary that the process be as thorough as possible to ensure that the broadest consultation takes place and all stakeholders are engaged to reach a solution acceptable to the majority. Lessons from this process must inform the review of the candidate selection process to be undertaken,” added the secretary general.”

To deal with the scourges of factionalism, disunity and corruption, the NEC has called for stronger consequence management within the ANC.

“Discipline within the ANC must be stringently enforced at all levels and the values of the ANC must be discernible in all members in statement and conduct. Self-serving and careerist politicians must be discouraged from our ranks and those who use the ANC for selfish gain acted against.”

In a bold move to deal with corruption in its ranks, the NEC has called for the introduction of ad hoc lifestyle audits for political leaders and public servants. The NEC also directed that all allegations of corruption be responded to and clarified as soon as they arise.

While the NEC affirmed South African’s citizen’s concerns – which includes creating jobs faster – the NEC remained concerned about the challenges facing the global economy and its impact on the South African economy.

Cde Mantashe said measures to confront such economic realities were expected to form part of the discussions at the BRICS Summit in India next month.